Cortegada Island

The Island of Cortegada

In the middle of the crystalline waters of the Ría de Arousa, there is a natural treasure that captivates those who are fortunate enough to discover it: Cortegada Island. This paradise, located in the innermost part of the estuary, is an impressive example of the natural beauty and biodiversity that Galicia has to offer.


Tour details

  • Type of Tours Guided tours and sea taxi
  • Price From 25 euros
  • Destination Atlantic Islands
  • City hall Vilagarcía de Arousa
  • Language Multilingual
  • Transfer Boat

Biodiversity at its Maximum Expression

Cortegada is a biodiversity sanctuary. It has the largest laurel forest in Europe, also known as “laurisilva,” it is a rarity in this part of the world. Its evergreen trees, with shiny and aromatic leaves, create a lush canopy that transforms the Cortegada trails into a labyrinth of greenery and mystery. Walking through this forest is like entering a fairy tale, where light filters through the leaves and the sounds of nature fill the air.

Thanks to our guide, who will accompany you during the route, you will be able to learn much more about this forest and the entire history of this island.

In addition, it has maritime pine forests that are home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna. From seabirds such as the yellow-legged gull to small mammals and native plants, the island is an example of the richness of nature in its purest state.

History of Cortegada

On this island, currently, there is a hermitage, ”hermitage of the Virgin of Miracles” to which many sick people made pilgrimages. This hermitage was built in the year 1334. The healing faith of this virgin made them go on a pilgrimage to the chapel.

For this reason, a small pilgrim hospital or ‘lazaretto’ was built next to the chapel to treat the sick.

Virgin Beaches and Serene Landscapes

The beaches of Cortegada are a haven of tranquility. Each corner of golden sand invites you to relax and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the estuary. Once the guided tour is over, you can take a bath and rest in this incredible environment.

The island has a network of trails that cross its forests. Every step you take in Cortegada is an invitation to explore and discover the magic of this natural corner.

Conservation and Protection

Cortegada is part of the Maritime-Terrestrial National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia, which guarantees its protection and conservation. This status reflects Galicia’s commitment to preserving the natural wealth of the island and its environment for future generations.

Cortegada is a place where nature manifests itself at its best, a refuge of serenity and beauty that will allow you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come and discover Cortegada, the hidden gem of Galicia, where the magic of nature awaits you in every corner.

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